Tatar Streetfood in Kazan

Eda Tatar (“Food of Tatars”) is a café in downtown Kazan. It’s all about Tatar cuisine, reinvented: Tokmach soup cooked Pho bo-style, Dijon mustard salads, and kystybys (roasted stuffed flatbreads) with onion confiture and other original fillings.

Eda Tatar (“Food of Tatars”) is a café in downtown Kazan. It’s all about Tatar cuisine, reinvented: Tokmach soup cooked Pho bo-style, Dijon mustard salads, and kystybys (roasted stuffed flatbreads) with onion confiture and other original fillings.

Eda Tatar is modern yet cozy, a small café that offers both a fast snack throughout the day and dining options for a family get-together in the evening. In its interior design, the loft style intertwines with Tatar folk motifs: the ceiling and the furniture are made from wood and steel, while custom-made lighting fixtures draw on the local ethnic tulip-shaped ornaments. A gaudy yellow piano glams up the place.

The space is divided into three zones. There’re three round tables for families and groups in front of the show kitchen, 12 bar stools at two high tables and a coworking area next to a picture of a pot-bellied dragon on the wall (free Wi-Fi and a printer are available).

The menu has 3 main categories to choose from: salads, soups and the kystybys.

The salads are straightforward, there are heavier and filling options like the hearty Babay salad with beef tenderloin, meaty Azerbaijani tomatoes, onions and pickled capers ($4) or lighter, diet-friendly Soyembika salad made from peeled cucumbers, radish, fresh herbs, Dijon mustard and an original sauce ($3).

Then there’s the traditional Tatar tokmach noodle soup ($4) made in a Vietnamese Pho Bo technique with chicken, beef or vegetable stock. You get to pick your favorite ingredients and can watch the dish being prepared for you in the open kitchen.

The main course is the Kystyby — a traditional Tatar stuffed flatbread. Currently there are four kinds of original kystyby recipes in Eda Tatar: mashed potatoes, lemon peel and onion confiture, brimsen cheese and spinach, or chicken pâté (prices start at $2.50). Many more recipes are coming soon.

As for drinks, Eda Tatar only serves tea, juices and soft drinks. There’s no alcohol here as the venue is strictly Halal.

Aside from being Halal, all food at Eda Tatar is made from scratch using top-quality ingredients — no mass-produced semi-manufactured stuff is allowed into the kitchen. And a fine last touch: All of the crockery is handmade and comes from a local pottery artist, so every plate and cup here is original and unique.

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